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Lise Hand: Alan plays it tough in audition for role of Mad Mullah Nua

Published 08/04/2011 | 05:00

It's easy to spot a brand-new government minister heading into the Dail chamber for his -- or more rarely, her -- very first Question Time, when members of the Opposition subject the person in the hot seat to anything from a light grilling to a full-on roasting on all manner of topics.

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The newbie usually looks a bit nervous, and self-consciously sidles into the Taoiseach's seat while clutching a formidable pile of cog notes in shiny, matching folders.

But not our Justice Minister of a mere four weeks. As far as Alan Shatter is concerned, 'insecurity' is a bouncer on a pub door.

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